Employee Stock Options and Phantom Stock Options

Decide and execute on the right plan

The biggest part of setting up an employee participation plan is strategic planning. We help you understand the key variables and tax impacts of the different participation plans so that you can make the best decision for your company and its scalability.

Participation plan set-up process with LEXR

  1. 1
    Expert Session

    We’ll deep dive into the strategic goals and potential implications of the plans.  Based on our experience with numerous ESOP & PSOP set-ups every year, we’ll give you not only the theory but also practical insights and how market standards are evolving.

  2. 2
    Contract drafting

    We draft your legal documents with the inputs from our session. As a basis, our time-tested legal documentation developed with 100+ startups ensures you’re up to date with the latest development in the startup & VC world.

  3. 3
    Document cross-check

    With the introduction of a compensation scheme, existing legal documents must be checked to determine whether existing clauses are compatible or need to be adjusted.  We’ll review your corporate documents and let you know whether and where changes need to be made.

  4. 4
    Feedback

    In the feedback cycle included in this package, we’ll answer all your open legal questions on the plan and adjust the legal documentation as required. After this cycle, we’ll deliver the final legal documentation for your compensation scheme.

  5. 5
    Plan management

    Setting up a compensation plan is the first step in your company’s ESOP / PSOP journey.  We’ve included a comprehensive management guide in this package so that keeping things up to date and meet deadlines is easier for you.

Flat fee packages

PSOP

Package for Swiss Startups

CHF 2’800 (excl. VAT)

Flat fee package contents:

Session with our legal experts: Strategic planning and advice, key variables, decision for the best fitting plan

Drafting of the legal documentation incl. allocation agreement

Feedback cycle to answer all open questions and make adjustments

Legal document cross-check

‘How-to’ guide for the administration of the plan

ESOP

Package for Swiss Startups

CHF 2’800 (excl. VAT)

Flat fee package contents:

Session with our legal experts: Strategic planning and advice, key variables, decision for the best fitting plan

Drafting of the legal documentation incl. allocation agreement

Feedback cycle to answer all open questions and make adjustments

Legal document cross-check

‘How-to’ guide for the administration of the plan

Employee workshop

A participation plan is only effective if the employees believe in the plan.

CHF 1’500 (excl. VAT)

Flat fee package contents:

Board of directors and management session

Preparation of the employee workshop with management input

Execution of the workshop with the company's employees

Trainer concept & handbook for future internal employee workshops

ESOP Addition: Tax Ruling

An allocation of shares to an employee usually leads to a so-called non-cash benefit, which is treated the same as a salary for tax purposes and from the perspective of social security contributions.

To plan the tax and social security implications of allocating shares for the employee and the company, we recommend a tax ruling with the competent tax authority.

We offer the tax ruling together with the ESOP at hourly cost (usual fees CHF 800 – 2’000).

 

 

More participation plan services

Advice on or changes to an existing PSOP / ESOP

Advice on international rollout

Local implementation of an international plan

Other bonus schemes for employees

ESOP / PSOP Resources

ESOP / PSOP FAQ

About us

We’re a growing team of 20+ legal professionals – our compensation scheme experts include:

  • 1

    Michele is focused on corporate and commercial law and has a strong background in M&A transactions. At LEXR he advises Swiss and international founders, start-ups and investors – from incorporation to the first investment rounds, risk financing, complex business transactions and exits.

    Michele Vitali, Head of Startup Financing and Venture Capital

  • 2

    Marius’ practice focuses on corporate and commercial matters, particularly labor law. Marius’ approach is always hands-on, and decision-maker-focused.

    Marius Bättig, Legal Counsel 

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